Dealing with high blood pressure

Thursday, July 17th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical experts have helped people across the state this week with problems ranging from skin rashes, to heart disease.

Throughout the day, Thursday, doctors and other health professionals have answered hundreds of questions from viewers who called-in on our toll-free hotline.

Thursday afternoon more than a hundred folks gathered at the Pine and Peoria Albertson's for free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and a free blood pressure monitor.

Dr. Robert McCulloh says some of Oklahoma's deadliest conditions can be cured with lifestyle changes. “And in Oklahoma, anywhere from 25% to 40% of the folks are overweight. That contributes to diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. Very definitely a problem that's becoming worse in our society."

Oklahoma's death rate from heart disease is 15% higher than the rest of the nation.